Getting arrested, especially if you have never had any issues with law enforcement before can be a very jarring and unnerving experience and because it is not just a one-day and done kind of situation, there can be a lot of stress and anxiety involved while going through the process. While there is no way to be rid of this stress completely, there are a few things that may help stave off additional worries or make it less impactful. Here is a quick guide.
Take things one thing at a time
In the beginning, especially it may feel like a mountain of things you have to do to deal with an arrest. From the booking process to contacting loved ones for bail and hiring a lawyer or applying for a public defender. All this takes a toll but one of the best ways to go through it is to work on one aspect at a time. Focus first on getting out of jail then take a beat to process before moving onto the next step. There is a lot that goes into getting arrested and preparing for a court date but when it is broken down, it does not feel quite as overwhelming.
Follow all bail conditions
If a judge offers a bond and it gets paid, most likely the terms of a release will come with some bond conditions. These are rules that must be followed to stay in compliance with being released. The bond conditions are usually pretty straightforward and just call for things like avoiding travel and abstaining from alcohol and recreational drugs but it is vital that these must be followed and when they are it drives down stress because you won’t need to worry about being put back into jail.
Learn from the experience
There is no doubt that getting arrested will never be considered a good or fun experience but just as with any difficult circumstance, there is always something to be learned which makes everything feel a bit less weighing. It may not always be some life-changing epiphany but if even the lesson is to avoid the situation that led to the arrest in the first place, it is still an experience that you can look back on with more insight which in turn helps alleviate stress because it seems less random and frivolous.
Know that at some point it will all be in the past
The final thing that may help when dealing with a stressful life event such as an arrest is to just know that that this too shall pass. It is hard to feel anything but anxiety when in the midst of it but sometimes seeing the light at the end of the tunnel gives you just enough hope to make it through.
In the end, there is probably no exact way to make an arrest even somewhat of a pleasant experience but if you can just break things down one thing at a time and follow all the directions, at some point in the not so distant future, it will all be a thing of the past.